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Use or create a “work” email account which includes all or part of your name. Nicknames or comedy addresses are not appropriate!
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In addition to the name of your degree and actual/predicted grade, it may be worth including modules, projects and placements that are relevant for the job you’re applying for. However, listing them all can suggest a lack of understanding about the employer’s specific requirements. 

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The focus of this section should be your degree. List your A-level results across the same line and summarise your GCSE results, also across one line, if you decide to include them and a summary of the grades you achieved.

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Rather than narrative, using personal pronoun or your name, start sentences with action words (weblink to power words handout). Use bullet points to condense your experience and maximise impact by highlighting relevant skills. 

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Consider the language you use – “Liaising with clients on a daily basis to establish their requirements” sounds more professional.

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Check for typos and further grammatical errors.

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What does this tell the reader? Be more specific to clearly demonstrate skills that are relevant eg Promoting the company to translators around the world to extend our database of reliable freelancers.
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Good grammar and plain English are important. If you struggle, ask a friend who is good at English to help.

Also, consider - what does this sentence demonstrate that is relevant to this job? More information might suggest additional qualities suitable to the position.

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Quantify where possible ie team of 25 volunteers.
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Having established the scale of this task ie 25 volunteers, what did this involve? Managing a budget is essential to the job you are applying for so seize all opportunities to show your financial proficiency.
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It may be worth considering more fully what may drawn from this placement.  Interpersonal skills and presentation are important for the job you are applying for. Did you work with other teachers in the school? Did you live with a host family? Did you engage in any extra-curricular activities which provide additional evidence to support your application?

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Highlight any specific skills, how you have developed them and their likely applications eg Use of Excel to manage client budgets.
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Do you play for a team? If so, include the details to bring it to life. If you were a player at University think how you would answer a related interview question - perhaps about teamwork? If you were on the Executive of a team at University, consider what your role was and its impact.

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Be careful of citing an individual activity without expanding upon it. The 'Interests' section should not be extra padding for your CV. Any activity should further enhance your profile and will affirm the impression of your being a well-rounded candidate.

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A blank space at the end of the page gives the impression that you don't have enough to say about yourself. Keep your CV's length to either two full pages or a single page. Try to avoid cramming or excessive spacing to achieve this.